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Flash Feast results

27 Jun

Mmm… that was a tasty contest!

They tried to warn us that this one would get gross, and, well yeah, there were plenty of messy eaters this go-round. But whether burnt to a crisp or bloody as hell, Flash Feast also turned out to offer a pretty delectable spread. Perhaps not so surprisingly, considering what we like to publish, we saw a lot of bleak stuff here. More stories focused on hunger, whether insatiable or desperate, than on nutrition, decadence, or depraved indulgence. More growling bellies than bulging ones. But we also sunk our teeth into more than enough of the deliciously dark and offbeat to make us feel glutted.

We had a whole other batch of food puns cooked up, but they turned out pretty half-baked so we’ll just get to it.

The following writers had stories that avoided the cut for several rounds, but didn’t quite squeak into the Top 10.

Close-but-no-cigar shortlist shout-outs go to:

Stuart Airey
Colin Alexander
Hilary Ayshford
Edward Barnfield
Joyce Bingham
Chad Broughman
Hannah Brown
Sam Crain
Andrea DeAngelis
Paul de Denus
Nyoka Eden
Jude Higgins
Matthew Hisbent
Stephen Hundley
Levi Krain
Emily Livingstone
Lorette C. Luzajic
Ben Mallett
Sarah McPherson

Chris Panatier
Marisca Pichette
Noémi Scheiring-Oláh
Alex Silberstein
Kate Simblet
Adam Skowera
Jenny Stalter
Maria Thomas

Alpheus Williams
Austin Wilson
Jo Withers

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Feast mega-issue, which will be served up within a week. They will also be included in a future Prize Winners Anthology print issue.

10th: “Four Days Without” by JP Relph
9th: “My Love for You, as Consumed” by Fannie Gray
8th: “Ricotta” by Salvatore Difalco
7th: “Heard” by Daniel Scamell 
6th: “Cabbage Patch” by Michael Carter
5th: “Good Dirt II” by Andrea DeAngelis
4th: “Desert Truffle” by Donna L. Greenwood

 

And now for the three stories that really took the cake…

3rd Prize ($100)

“Drink of this Wine”
by Addie Schweiss 

 

2nd Prize ($200)

“The Fishmonger”
by Lauren Kardos

 

1st Prize ($300)

“You Don’t Have to Say It”
by L. Soviero

 

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in our Flash Feast contest! 

Check back within a week for a heaping helping of the Flash Feast mega-issue.